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Pub Date 01 Feb 2012 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2012
HarperCollins Australia, HarperCollins - AU
Winner of the 2012 Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. A witty, genre-bending, and wildly imaginative thriller about the secret organization keeping England - and the world - safe from supernatural threats (one staff meeting at a time).'I love this book' Charlaine Harris 'Dear You, the body you are wearing used to be mine.' So begins the letter Myfanwy thomas is holding when she awakes in a London park surrounded by corpses - all wearing latex gloves (and startled expressions). With no memory of who she is or how she got there, the only way she can discover her identity and escape those who want to destroy her is to follow the instructions in a series of letters left behind by her former self. She learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in the Checquy, a secret government agency that protects the world against supernatural threats while keeping the populace in the dark. In her quest to save herself and unmask a traitor, Myfanwy must learn to harness her own rare, potentially deadly supernatural ability, and thwart a conspiracy more vast than she could ever have imagined. Richly inventive, suspenseful and witty, tHE ROOK is for those who like their thrillers with a dash of sentient fungus and an efficient filing system. '[An] impressive debut, a supernatural detective thriller distinguished by its adept use of humour ... Dry wit, surprising reversals of fortune, and a clever if offbeat plot make this a winner.' Publishers Weekly
Pick of the Week
At the start of Australian author O’Malley’s impressive debut, a supernatural detective thriller distinguished by its adept use of humor, an unknown woman reads a letter that opens “Dear You” and closes “Sincerely, Me.” The letter informs the woman that she now inhabits the body of Myfanwy Alice Thomas. A second letter from Thomas gives her body’s new mental occupant a choice—either flee London to take up a new, carefree life of affluence, or pretend that she is in fact Thomas in order to identify the person responsible for her memory loss. If the situation isn’t confusing enough, the “new” Thomas finds herself in the middle of a park in a heavy rain; scattered on the ground are motionless bodies wearing latex gloves. After making the more interesting choice, she learns that Thomas is a “Rook,” one of the leaders of a super-secret government organization that protects an unknowing public from a wide variety of paranormal threats. While the “old” Thomas has left detailed explanations about people and things for her successor, the “new” Thomas still must struggle to mask her complete ignorance about some of her major responsibilities. Dry wit, surprising reversals of fortune, and a clever if offbeat plot make this a winner. Dr. Who fans will find a lot to like. (Jan.)